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Pleasant Hill, Drexel girls strike gold in Joe Falcon track meet

Harrisonville sophomore Kaylee Harp (third from the right), shown competing in a meet last month in Independence, took second in the girls 800 meters at the Joe Falcon Invititational April 27 in Belton
Harrisonville sophomore Kaylee Harp (third from the right), shown competing in a meet last month in Independence, took second in the girls 800 meters at the Joe Falcon Invititational April 27 in Belton dmcqueen@kcstar.com

Chloe Bloom of Pleasant Hill took first place in the girls discus at the annual Joe Falcon Invitational track meet April 27 at Belton High School’s Southwick Stadium.

Bloom, a junior, won the discus with a throw of 129 feet, 3 inches for the Chicks, who placed ninth in the 18-team girls meet. Pleasant Hill also had Aubrey Scott place second in the girls 1,600-meter run with a time of 5 minutes 35.20 seconds. Jessica Ross took fifth 100 hurdles and sixth in the 300 hurdles.

Drexel also had a champion in senior Alyssa Harper, who won the girls shot put with a throw of 40 feet, 7 inches. Heide Swoger took 10th in the girls discus and Aaron Woods was sixth in the boys 300 hurdles for Drexel.

Pleasant Hill’s boys team, which finished 10th, was led by Jared Rottinghaus, who took second place in the 3,200. Rottinghaus finished with a time of 9:40.83 and was edged out by Colton Palmer of Warrensburg, who was first in 9:39.0. Teammate Landon Fatino placed sixth.

Pleasant Hill’s other top finishers included Brady Schlesener, who was fourth in the discus, Desmond Ewing, who took fifth in the 800 and Richard Hughes, who was eighth in the 400.

Host Belton got a second-place finish from Noah Floyd in the boys 800. Floyd, a senior, came in with a time of 2:03.56 and finished second to Edward Wilhite of Warrensburg, who finished in 2:01.40.

Floyd, Kory Snyder, Mason Funk and Tristan Whitman took third place in the 3,200 relay, and Snyder also placed fifth in the boys 3,200.

Loegun Covey finished second in the boys shot put for the Pirates, who also had Mason Goffoy get sixth in the javelin and Tyler Matthews and Xavier Madden finished sixth and seventh in the 110 hurdles. Belton finished ninth in the boys team standings.

Belton’s girls, who finished 11th, had Avery Hobson place fifth in the 100 and seventh in the 200. Bailee Strickland took eighth in the 800.

Harrisonville sophomore Kaylee Harp placed second in the girls 800 with a time of 2:24.34. Bethany Cox was fifth in the girls high jump and Connor Blentlinger was fifth in the boys 300 hurdles for the Wildcats.

Columbia Rock Bridge ran away with the team title in the boys meet, outscoring runner-up Columbia Battle 143-85. Battle (102) won a three-team fight with St. Teresa’s Academy (101) and Liberty North (100) for the girls team title.

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